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Pennsylvania

  • August 20, 2018

    Comcast Beats $75M Antitrust Suit Over Ad Platform

    An Illinois federal judge has handed a victory to Comcast in a $75 million suit alleging the cable giant refused to do business with advertisers unless they used the company’s own advertising system, finding it wasn’t anti-competitive for Comcast to refuse to do business with a smaller advertising firm.

  • August 20, 2018

    GTL Facing Another Class Action Over Prison Phone Rates

    Global Tel Link Corp. has been hit with another proposed class action, this time from a former inmate alleging in Pennsylvania federal court that the leading prison phone service provider charges unsuspecting callers “unconscionable” rates more than 100 times the actual cost.

  • August 20, 2018

    Davis Polk Guides Tyson In $2.16B Keystone Foods Buy

    Tyson Foods Inc., led by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, said Monday it will shell out $2.16 billion in cash for Keystone Foods Holdings Ltd., a Pennsylvania-based unit of Brazil’s Marfrig Global Foods that provides meats to quick-service restaurants, as the food giant looks for international growth opportunities.

  • August 17, 2018

    Bowles Rice, Insurer Resolve $41M Fight On Eve Of Trial

    Bowles Rice has resolved a $41 million fight with a title insurer stemming from a troubled coal plant build and averted a trial that was set to start Monday, according to a lawyer involved in the case, heading off what at least one expert said was a sizable threat to the firm in the face of its limited malpractice coverage.

  • August 17, 2018

    Egg Producers Cite 3rd Circ. Ruling In Scramble To Exit MDL

    Several egg producers asked a Pennsylvania federal judge Friday to toss a decade-old egg product price-fixing lawsuit against them, arguing that a recent Third Circuit ruling meant that only direct purchasers could sue the farmers in the multidistrict litigation.

  • August 17, 2018

    Ex-Lannett Execs Face Derivative Suit Over Antitrust Probes

    A shareholder of Lannett Co. Inc. has slapped several former executives at the generic-drug maker with a derivative lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court, accusing them of orchestrating a damaging price-fixing scheme to artificially inflate the firm’s stock price.

  • August 17, 2018

    3rd Circ. Oral Argument Dip Troubling, Chief Judge Says

    The Third Circuit appellate bar is trying to reverse a troubling decline in oral arguments before its panels, which its Chief Judge D. Brooks Smith in an exclusive interview with Law360 says could have been brought on by a "stunning" increase in pro se filings he traces to the Great Recession of the late aughts.

  • August 17, 2018

    Despite Abuse Horrors, Attys Feel Duty To Defend The Church

    Despite horrific details in a recently unveiled grand jury report about sexual abuse suffered by more than a thousand victims at the hands of Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, attorneys who have represented the church say that public scorn hasn't swayed them from their duty to provide a vigorous defense.

  • August 17, 2018

    NY, Others 'Stand Ready' To Fight Over Scientific Study Rule

    A coalition of 15 states, the District of Columbia and others threatened to sue the Environmental Protection Agency over a proposed rule requiring disclosure of the scientific study data behind regulations, saying Friday the coalition will go to court if the agency proceeds with “this misguided effort.”

  • August 17, 2018

    PennDOT Wants Out Of Pittsburgh Artist's Lost-Murals Suit

    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation is seeking to duck a Pittsburgh artist's federal lawsuit over the destruction of his murals, arguing Thursday that as a state agency it has sovereign immunity from the man's claims.

  • August 16, 2018

    Will Law Schools Start Counting ‘Generation ADA’?

    No one is tracking law students with disabilities to see where the education system may be failing them, but some advocates are working to change this dynamic and build a better pipeline.

  • August 16, 2018

    DC Appeals Court Ends FCA Suit Against Verizon, Comcast

    A D.C. appellate panel on Thursday backed a trial court’s dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit against Verizon, Comcast, MCI Worldcom and several other telecommunications companies that accused the companies of failing to pay more than $29 million in emergency 911 taxes.

  • August 16, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Allergan Medicaid Rebate Suit

    The Third Circuit on Thursday refused to revive a pharmaceutical executive's suit claiming Allergan Inc. and other drug manufacturers shorted the federal government on drug rebate payments, finding the companies did not knowingly violate any laws.

  • August 16, 2018

    Pa. Suit Says AARP Acted As Unlicensed Insurance Agent

    AARP Inc. has been illegally collecting millions of dollars in commissions on insurance sales and acting as an unlicensed insurance agent in Pennsylvania, according to a proposed class action lawsuit filed in Philadelphia federal court Wednesday.

  • August 16, 2018

    Novo Nordisk Can't Dodge Shareholder Suit In NJ

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday refused to toss a putative class action accusing Novo Nordisk of misleading shareholders about its financial sustainability in the U.S. market, ruling that the investors had sufficiently alleged that the Danish insulin maker made materially misleading statements about its rebate program and the pricing pressures facing its drug Tresiba.

  • August 16, 2018

    Pa. Rehab Centers Say Some Issues Kept Secret Before Sale

    Liberation Behavioral Health LLC, which operates three substance abuse centers in Pennsylvania, has filed a lawsuit asking for damages in Delaware Chancery Court claiming shareholders failed to disclose compliance issues that resulted in the loss of millions since the company’s sale last year.

  • August 16, 2018

    DHS Memo Justifies Ending DACA, Trump Tells 2nd Circ.

    The Trump administration urged the Second Circuit on Wednesday to toss challenges by immigrants and an advocacy group to its decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, arguing that a recent Department of Homeland Security memorandum shows the decision was well thought out and not rash.

  • August 16, 2018

    Dinged Credit Counts As Harm In Misdated-Debts Suit: Judge

    Damaged credit scores were enough “injury” to take a class action toward trial on allegations that a debt-collection company mistakenly renewed thousands of bills from a Pennsylvania hospital, a federal judge ruled.

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 15, 2018

    City Solicitor Slammed In Pa. AG's Clergy Abuse Report

    A devastating grand jury report into sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania includes allegations that an Allentown-based attorney, who was appointed as the city’s solicitor in May, worked to undermine one woman's claims by digging up damaging information about her and her family.

Expert Analysis

  • The Future Of State-Subsidized Electric Generation Resources

    Joseph Cavicchi

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently ruled that PJM Interconnection’s current capacity market auction tariff is unjust and unreasonable. The decision raises a fundamental economic question as to the future of PJM's existing market-based approach to determining the region’s mix of generating assets, say Joseph Cavicchi and Kenneth Grant of Compass Lexecon​​​​​​​.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Awaiting Clarity On Fluctuating Workweek In Pa.

    Jeffrey Cadle

    Now that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has allowed the state Superior Court's decision in Chevalier v. General Nutrition Centers to be appealed, it is possible that the fluctuating workweek method — an alternative for employers to calculate overtime pay for salaried employees — could be explicitly adopted in the state, says Jeffrey Cadle of Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Federal Law Both Sword And Shield In Cannabis Litigation

    Matthew Pierce

    While federal law prohibits the use of marijuana under any circumstances, the cannabis industry continues growing rapidly as more U.S. states legalize its use. The conflicting legal regimes have led to surprising, sometimes counterintuitive results in litigation and bankruptcy cases, says Matthew Pierce of Landis Rath & Cobb LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.